Letter 3752

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Date 3/15 January 1889
Addressed to Nikolay Bernard
Where written Frolovskoye
Language Russian
Autograph Location Saint Petersburg, State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, Central Music Library (VII.2.4.154)
Publication Автографы музыкальных деятелей, 1839-1889 (1889), p. 34 [facsimile]
П. И. Чайковский. Его жизнь и творчество (1922), p. 163–164
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XV-А (1976), p. 13

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
3 января 1889

Многоуважаемый Николай Матвеевич!

Позвольте от всей души поблагодарить Вас за внимание Ваше, выразившееся посылкой мне билета на получение «Нyвеллиста». Пользуюсь этим случаем, чтобы поздравить Вас с наступающим Новым годом и пожелать Вам всяческого счастия и успеха.

Истинно преданный Вам,

П. Чайковский

3 January 1889

Most respected Nikolay Matveyevich!

Allow me to thank you with all my heart for the consideration you have shown by sending me a subscription to receive the "Nouvelliste" [1]. May I take this opportunity to congratulate you on the forthcoming New Year and to wish you every happiness and success.

Your truly devoted,

P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. The Saint Petersburg musical journal Nouvelliste (Нyвеллист) had been founded by Nikolay Bernard's father Matvey in 1840, and Tchaikovsky's subscription was a gift to mark the fiftieth year of its publication. However, as the editors of the Soviet collected edition of the composer's correspondence rather laconically noted: "No copies of the journal have survived in Tchaikovsky's library" — П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XV-А (1976), p. 13, note 1.